Degree requirement

The MEng (Master of Engineering) degree with a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety requires successful completion of three (3) core courses (Fire Dynamics, Fire Modeling and Advanced Fire Dynamics), three (3) specialty elective courses in Fire Safety, two (2) additional graduate level courses and one (1) communication course.  Any of the Fire Safety graduate courses may be used to fulfil the course requirements for MASc and/or PhD degrees.

All courses are offered in an intensive one-week lecture/lab format to accommodate full-time candidates or those who wish to study on a part-time basis while remaining in full-time employment external to the University. Candidates in the MEng program are expected to be financially self-supporting.

Fire Safety Certificate

The departmental Fire Safety Science Certificate program requires the student to successfully complete any four (4) courses from the list of courses for the Master of Engineering with Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety program. It is highly recommended that students take the three (3) fire safety core courses as part of their certificate program.


Students enrolled in the general MEng degree have the option of taking fire safety courses and gaining either the departmental Fire Safety Science Certificate or a Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety when they meet the appropriate course requirements above.

Degree requirements for the general MEng program are as follows:

  • Eight (8), one-term graduate level courses (or courses acceptable for graduate credit).
  • One (1) communications course (ESL 601 or ESL 602)
  • Four (4) Mechanical/Mechatronics Engineering seminars
  • Academic Integrity Quiz

Program length

The length of the Masters of Engineering program with Graduate Diploma in Fire Safety will vary from student to student, but with concentrated effort should be completed in between one and a half (full-time) and three years (part-time). If the program is undertaken one course at a time, it may take up to eight terms to complete. 


Candidates for the Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering can enrol either on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MASc program emphasizes high level independent research by candidates. The topic of the thesis and the choice of courses are decided by the student and their supervisor(s). Each student's program is subject to the approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. Candidates will participate in a research program generally involving either theory or experimentation, or both.

Degree requirements are as follows:

  • Four one-term graduate level courses (or courses acceptable for graduate credit)
  • A research seminar
  • MASc thesis

Additional Faculty regulations concerning master's degree requirements are:

  • At least two-thirds of the courses used for credit in a candidate's program must be taken from the 600 and 700 series
  • No more than half of the courses used for credit may be taught by the candidate's supervisor
  • The candidate must obtain a pass in all courses credited to his or her program, with a minimum overall average of 70% (a grade of less than 65% in any course counts as a failure [F]), and
  • At least half of the courses used for credit must normally be Faculty of Engineering courses


This degree is awarded after candidates have satisfied the Examining Committee that their thesis is a substantial original contribution to knowledge and have also demonstrated a high degree of competence in areas of knowledge related to their specialization. Each PhD candidate must successfully complete at least three graduate level courses (600 or 700 level). The actual program is decided by the student and the supervisor(s), subject to the approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies. The thesis topic is decided by the student and supervisor(s), in consultation with an advisory committee. The student's progress and proposed research program is assessed formally by the Examination Committee at the time of the Comprehensive Examination.

The requirements for the PhD degree are as follows:

  • Satisfactory completion of three one-term graduate-level courses (600 or 700 level) with an overall average of at least 70% (no more than one of the courses used for credit towards a PhD degree may be taught by the candidate's supervisor.)
  • Satisfactory performance in a Comprehensive Examination
  • Submission and defense of a thesis, embodying the results of original research

Candidates admitted to the PhD program who do not possess a recent and relevant master's degree or have transferred directly to the PhD program without a master's degree, are required to complete a minimum of seven courses, at least five of which must be at the 600 or 700 levels.